A team of students from BI Norwegian Business School, representing Finansforeningen/CFA Society Denmark and CFA Society Norway, was announced as winners of the regional EMEA final in the CFA Institute Research Challenge 2021.

The team is now moving on to the final lap in the world’s leading investment research competition for students to compete against the champions from the Americas and Asia Pacific regions in the Global Final on Thursday, 22 April at 8am ET.
This is the fourth time in the last five years, a team from BI Norwegian Business Schools qualifies for the global final of the prestigious competition.

Winning team members, including Sara Trajchevska, Erlend McDougall, Sophie Borge and Joseph DiRenzo presented their analysis and buy recommendation on the Danish energy company Vestas to a panel of distinguished judges from the international investment community.

BI’s team, which won the local final in the beginning of March, has spent numerous hours polishing their arguments and presentation to compete against the other local champions from Europe, Middle-East and Africa.

All participating teams received hands-on mentoring, and intensive training in financial analysis and professional ethics delivered through the CFA Institute network, their faculty advisor and a dedicated industry mentor.

The following universities also participated in the EMEA Regional Final:

  1. Galatasaray University
  2. University of Bern
  3. University of Cape Town
  4. Warsaw School of Economics
  5. WHU – Otto Beisheim School of Management

If you would like to watch the Global Final on Thursday 22 April at 14:00 CET, please register here.

We wish the BI Norwegian Business School team the best of luck in the Global Final!

About the CFA Institute Research Challenge

The CFA Institute Research Challenge gathers students, investment industry professionals, publicly traded companies, and corporate sponsors together locally, regionally, and globally for an annual competition.

In order to promote best practices in equity research and company analysis, students research, analyze, and report on a company as if they are practicing analysts. Local CFA member societies and other affiliated groups host local level competitions of the Research Challenge in conjunction with the participating universities.

The universities assemble teams of three to five business and finance students who work directly with a company in researching and preparing a company analysis. The team’s final presentations are locally evaluated by high-profile panels of heads of research, portfolio managers, and chief investment officers from the world’s top firms.

The local champions advance to regional competitions for the EMEA (Europe, Middle East, and Africa), Americas and Asia Pacific, and then to the Global Final.

Each Research Challenge season leverages the efforts of over 150 CFA member societies, 4,000 member volunteers, and more than 6,000 students from over 1,000 universities.

➤ Learn how to get involved here.